United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 2000

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United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 2000
New Hampshire
← 1996 November 7, 2000 2004 →
  GeorgeWBush.jpg Al Gore, Vice President of the United States, official portrait 1994.jpg
Nominee George W. Bush Al Gore
Party Republican Democratic
Home state Texas Tennessee
Running mate Dick Cheney Joe Lieberman
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 273,559 266,348
Percentage 48.1% 46.8%

New Hampshire Election Results by County, 2000.svg
County Results
  Gore—50-60%
  Gore—<50%
  Bush—<50%
  Bush—50-60%

President before election

Bill Clinton
Democratic

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2000 United States presidential election in New Hampshire took place on Election Day on November 7, 2000. The two major candidates were Texas Governor George W. Bush of the Republican Party and sitting Vice President Al Gore of the Democratic Party. When all votes were tallied, Bush was declared the winner with a plurality of the vote over Gore, receiving 48% of the vote to Gore's 47%, while Green Party candidate Ralph Nader received almost 4% of the vote in the state. Bush went on to win the election nationwide. As of 2016, this is the last time that the Republican nominee carried New Hampshire or any state in New England.

Analysis[edit]

In 2000, New Hampshire was considered a swing state. While it had voted for Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the 1980s, Democrat Bill Clinton won the state twice in the 1990s, and polling indicated that the state would be a toss-up in 2000. New Hampshire would play a pivotal role in the outcome of the 2000 Presidential Election.

George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in New Hampshire, by a narrow 7,211 votes, in the midst of one of the closest elections in US history. Had Gore won the state, New Hampshire's electoral college votes would have swung the national election in his favor.

The 2000 election was the last time that a Republican presidential candidate won New Hampshire or any state in New England, though Donald Trump did win an electoral vote from Maine in 2016. New Hampshire would vote for Democrats John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 by increasingly larger margins. However, Hillary Clinton carried the state with a razor-thin margin over Republican Donald Trump in 2016.

Primaries[edit]

Results[edit]

Bush won 6 of the 10 counties, including winning Belknap County with over 55% and winning every town in the county. Bush also won in New Hampshire's 1st congressional district.

United States presidential election in New Hampshire, 2000
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican George Bush Dick Cheney 273,559 48.07% 4
Democratic Al Gore Joe Lieberman 266,348 46.80% 0
Green Ralph Nader Winona LaDuke 22,198 3.70% 0
Libertarian Harry Browne Art Olivier 2,757 0.48% 0
Reform Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster 2,615 0.46% 0
Others - - 1,604 0.29% 0
Totals 569,081 100.00% 4
Voter turnout (Voting age/Registered) 61%/67%

Results breakdown[edit]

By county[edit]

County Bush Votes Gore Votes Others Votes[1]
Belknap County 55.2% 14,799 40.0% 10,719 4.7% 1,277
Carroll County 52.8% 12,597 41.3% 9,852 5.9% 1,430
Cheshire County 41.3% 13,793 52.1% 17,382 6.6% 2,220
Coos County 50.2% 7,329 45.0% 6,570 4.8% 701
Grafton County 46.7% 18,092 47.3% 18,326 6.0% 2,315
Hillsborough County 48.7% 80,649 46.8% 77,625 4.5% 7,487
Merrimack County 47.2% 30,028 48.1% 30,622 4.8% 3,034
Rockingham County 49.1% 65,860 45.9% 61,628 5.0% 6,685
Strafford County 42.7% 21,108 51.4% 25,400 5.8% 2,885
Sullivan County 49.8% 9,304 44.1% 8,224 6.1% 1,140

Electors[edit]

Although voters select or write in their preferred candidate on a ballot, voters in New Hampshire, as in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, technically cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Since New Hampshire is represented by two congressional districts and two senators, it is allocated four electoral votes. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of four electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whichever candidate wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all four electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 18, 2000[2] to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All were pledged to and voted for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:[3]

  1. Stephen Duprey
  2. Wayne MacDonald
  3. Augusta Petrone
  4. Irusha Peiris

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